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Are you Thinking of Catering for A Funeral Yourself? Here are some Tips

Are you worrying about an upcoming funeral or wake that you want to cater for? Whether you are trying to plan a wake for a loved one or helping a friend or relative, there are plenty of ideas that you can put together with little extra stress for a funeral buffet.

From simple magic equations such as for planning how much to make for each guest e.g. 1 serving = 4 sandwich triangles (2 slices bread), 1/3 cup potato salad, 1 pc cake, 2 biscuits or whatever; to hot servings of soup and sandwich or pies or indeed a bowl food, there is plenty of ideas out there.

The trick is in trying to rally as much help as you can including: help from family, friends or acquaintances. If no one's taking charge of practical things, it makes this stressful time even more daunting. If you find yourself in such a situation, do not hesitate to sound out mere strangers as help some times can come from very unlikely sources even for such things as guidance. You might be surprised how much people/strangers can help fill the gap as many of us share these similar experiences and are happy to chip when we see others going through it.
No one is prepared for a passing of a loved one and its likely budgets will be tight anyway. But do not sit in pity this is just you. It’s the nature of funerals. It’s also likely guest numbers won’t be as crisp. It’s difficult to tell how many friends my grandmother actually had and how many might be in position to turn up let alone knowing their contacts.

Still though, you will need to provide something in form of a fitting buffet for those able to come so it’s important that you think carefully about the menu you would like to provide something that’s not overly but just fitting for the moment. It might be just nice fresh sandwiches and cakes/biscuits is fine – with some additions like sausage rolls and crisps. It also just be plain sandwiches, just cheese, just ham, and maybe a bowl of salad and mustard/pickle on the side that people can add if they wish. All that’s important is that there is a bit of something to eat, it doesn't need to be posh or even imaginative 

It also matters What time the wake is. If it doesn't hit on a meal time, then sandwiches and cake/biscuits is fine. Where as you might want to pad it out with a salad bowl, maybe a bowl of pasta, some cheese and crackers if it is a meal time.

Here are some ideas to give you some perspective:

Menu Idea 1

Nibbles

Selection of Crisps and Nibbles

Snack Selection

Traditional Snack Selection - Pork Pies, Cocktail Sausages, Mini Sausage Rolls, Mini Scotch Eggs

Sub Rolls/ Mini Bagels

Selection of Subrolls & wraps - half vegetarian/meat

Pasta, Salads and Fruits

Traditional Salad

Selection of Chicken Drumsticks Platter

Cajun Chicken Drumsticks
Tikka Chicken Drumsticks
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Desserts

Selection of Mini Cakes

 

Menu Idea 2

Nibbles

Selection of Crisps and Nibbles

Snack Selection

Quiche Assortment

Traditional Snack Selection - Pork Pies, Cocktail Sausages, Mini Sausage Rolls, Mini Scotch Eggs

Sub Rolls/ Mini Bagels

Selection of Subrolls & wraps - half vegetarian/meat
Selection of Mini Bagels - Salmon and Cream Cheese, Cucumber and Cream Cheese, 3 Cheese and Onion  

Pasta, Salads and Fruits

Potato Salad

Spicy tomato pasta

Selection of Chicken Skewers Platter

Cajun Chicken Skewers
Tikka Chicken Skewers
BBQ Chicken Skewers

Desserts

Selection of Mini Cakes

Vegetarian Menu Idea

Nibbles

Selection of Crisps and Nibbles

Snack Selection

Indian Snack Selection - Vegetable Samosas, mini spring rolls, aloo tikki, Onion Bhajis (v)
Mini Quiche Selection

Sub Rolls/ Mini Bagels

Selection of Subrolls & wraps - half vegetarian
Selection of Mini Bagels - Salmon and Cream Cheese, Cucumber and Cream Cheese, 3 Cheese and Onion  

Pasta & Salads

Mixed Salad

Selection of Skewers Platter

Cheese and Pickle Sticks
Cheese and Pineapple Sticks
Strawberry and Marshmallow Skewers

Desserts

Selection of Mini Cakes

A Mixed Hot and Cold Menu Idea

Starters

Indian Snack Selection - Vegetable Samosas, mini spring rolls, aloo tikki, Onion Bhajis (v)
Mini Quiche Selection

Mains Meal

Home Made Chilli con Carne with Rice and Nachos

Home Made Three Bean Chilli served with Rice

Selection of Chicken Drumsticks Platters

Cajun Chicken Drumsticks

Tikka Chicken Drumsticks

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Desserts

Mini Cake Selection

Mini Chocolate Brownies

Fruits & Salads

Mixed Traditional Salad, Potato Salad

 Do not forget drinks for the guests including Tea / Coffee / Juice / Wine / Beer



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